Member states jeopardising the rule of law will risk losing EU funds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Governments interfering with courts or failing to tackle fraud and corruption will risk suspension of EU funds, according to a draft law endorsed by MEPs on Thursday. Assisted by a panel of independent experts, the EU Commission would be tasked with establishing “generalised deficiencies […]

MEPs spell out priorities for the European Central Bank and on banking union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Wednesday set out their priorities for the European Central Bank’s actions in the coming year and those for moving ahead with completing the banking union. In two separate resolutions, the first on the work of the European Central Bank (ECB) drafted by […]

Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure of pesticides, by making it more transparent and accountable, were put forward by Parliament on Wednesday. MEPs agreed that the public should be granted access to the studies used in the procedure to authorise a […]

Pedro Sánchez: We must protect Europe, so Europe can protect its citizens

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU needs to be defended in the face of new challenges and against those who want to destroy it, said Pedro Sánchez on Wednesday to the European Parliament. In a plenary debate on the future of the EU, the President of the Spanish […]

EU deal on electricity market rules to benefit both consumers and environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The creation of a genuine EU electricity market to better integrate renewable energy was provisionally agreed between MEPs and EU member states on Tuesday. An overhaul of EU electricity market rules was informally agreed to tackle barriers to cross-border trade of electricity and create […]

EU joint response to disasters: deal reached with Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The aim of the new legislation, agreed on Wednesday, is to help member states to respond faster and more effectively to natural and man-made disasters, by sharing civil protection assets more efficiently. RescUE The draft law would also set up, upon Parliament’s request, a […]

MEPs want to ensure sufficient funding for Connecting Europe’s future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs want €43.85 billion to be invested in continued development of trans-European transport, energy and telecom networks and to foster innovation with a €11.5 billion EU Defence Fund. Connecting Europe Facility The proposal to renew the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) between 2021 and 2027 […]

MEPs take stock of the EU’s foreign, security and defence policy priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions reviewing key EU foreign, security and defence policy choices. Following Tuesday´s debates with EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, Parliament´s annual resolutions on the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence […]

Parliament endorses landmark EU-Japan free trade agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan, approved with 474 votes to 152 with 40 abstentions on Wednesday, will […]

MEPs commend Ukraine‘s reform efforts and denounce Russian aggression

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs acknowledged Ukraine‘s positive reform track, while condemning Russia‘s aggression in the Kerch Strait and the construction of Nord Stream 2. Parliament adopted a resolution by 433 votes to 105, with 30 abstentions, evaluating the latest developments related to the EU-Ukraine association […]

Combatting terrorism: Parliament sets out proposals for a new EU strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Based on a thorough assessment, Parliament sets out recommendations to tackle radicalisation, improve data interoperability and support victims of terrorism. In a non-legislative resolution discussed on Tuesday and adopted on Wednesday with 474 votes to 112 and 75 abstentions, Parliament suggests reinforcing the role […]

EP Group leaders on Brexit: “the agreement is not open to renegotiation”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Conference of Presidents indicated that the Withdrawal Agreement is fair and balanced and the only deal possible. It is therefore one not open to renegotiation. The Conference of Presidents, together with the Brexit Steering Group, discussed today the state of play of the […]

MEPs to prioritise environment and climate action in next long-term budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. For the next 2021-2027 EU budget, MEPs propose to double funding for the LIFE programme. Following Parliament’s adoption of its position on the EU’s long-term budget (2021-2027 multiannual financial framework – MFF), MEPs are this week setting out their position on the scope and […]

Deal on faster exchange of non-EU nationals’ criminal records

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to create an EU database to enable EU countries to exchange non-EU citizens’ criminal records faster, were informally agreed with Council negotiators on Tuesday. Currently, national authorities often rely solely on data on non-EU nationals’ convictions available from their own national criminal record […]

Workplace risks: Final vote on protection from carcinogens, including diesel fumes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs updated rules to protect workers from exposure to carcinogenic and mutagenic substances, including diesel fumes, in a vote on Tuesday. In order to protect some 3.6 million workers in the EU potentially exposed to diesel engine exhaust emissions (DEEE), the Parliament succeeded in […]

Stricter rules to stop terrorists from using homemade explosives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to update rules on the use and sale of chemicals that could be used to make homemade explosives were backed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. The current rules restrict access to a number of chemicals that could be used to manufacture […]

Trade Committee advocates lower tariffs in Western Sahara

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A proposal to lower tariffs in the territory of Western Sahara to the same level as Morocco, was backed by the International Trade Committee on Monday. The proposal was adopted by 25 votes to 9 with 2 abstentions after the European Commission and Morocco […]

MEPs strongly welcome the Global Compact on Migration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament strongly supports the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, and welcomes its adoption in Marrakesh, Morocco on Monday. MEPs regret the campaign of disinformation that has led to several countries withdrawing their support from the compact. The migration compact […]

MEPs propose more transparent legislative drafting and use of allowances

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Changes to internal rules on how the EP operates and how to draft legislation and use MEPs’ allowances in a more transparent way were approved in committee on Thursday. The key changes adopted by the Constitutional Affairs Committee relate to Members’ standards of conduct […]

EU Elections: new rules to prevent breaches of data used to influence elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Constitutional Affairs Committee backed a proposal introducing penalties on European political parties deliberately breaching data protection to tamper with EU elections. The new provisions are aimed at protecting the electoral process from online disinformation campaigns based on misuse of voters’ personal data. Some recent […]

First EU collective redress mechanism to protect consumers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Rules allowing groups of consumers harmed by illegal practices to launch collective actions and seek compensation were approved by Legal Affairs Committee. Currently, only 19 member states provide some form of legal remedy to victims of mass harm and proceedings can often be lengthy […]

Pesticides: MEPs propose blueprint to improve EU approval procedure

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure by making it more transparent and accountable were put forward by the special committee on pesticides.   Among many proposals, MEPs agreed on Thursday that the public should be granted access to the studies used […]

EU Budget 2019 deal: EP boosts support for researchers and the young

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs have fought for and obtained better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers, as well as additional funds to boost key initiatives supporting SMEs.   Late on Tuesday evening, the negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on […]

Better ID card security to curb document fraud

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs agreed on common security features for EU identity documents to reduce identity fraud. Ensuring that identity documents are tamper- and fraud-proof is a key element in the fight against terrorism and organised crime. Currently the security features in ID cards, […]

Improved access to financial information to curb serious crime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New rules improving law enforcement authorities’ access to financial information to investigate serious crimes or terrorism were approved by Civil Liberties Committee. Financial data can offer valuable information to law enforcement authorities and can help them prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute serious crime and […]

Banking package: Parliament and Council reach an agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Parliament and the Council negotiators took a major step towards reducing risks in the banking system and building the Banking Union. On Tuesday, two deals were concluded on banks’ resilience and on a clear roadmap for banks to deal with losses. A deal […]

Humanitarian visas would reduce refugees’ death toll

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Asylum-seekers should be able to request humanitarian visas at EU embassies and consulates abroad, allowing them to access Europe safely, say Civil Liberties MEPs. With 37 votes to 10 and 3 abstentions, the Civil Liberties Committee agreed on Monday to ask the European Commission […]

MEPs want ambitious funding for cross-border projects to connect people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Economic and social cohesion and cooperation in neighbouring border regions should get maximum support, according to the Regional Development Committee. In Monday’s vote, MEPs recommended adding an extra EUR 2.73 billion to earmark a total amount of EUR 11.16 billion for European territorial cooperation […]

European Parliament marks EU accession prospects for Serbia and Kosovo

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Serbia should align its foreign policy more with the EU’s, also on Russia, while Kosovo should be granted visa liberalisation without delay, say MEPs. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions evaluating the latest efforts by Serbia and Kosovo to get closer to […]

Online shopping across the EU to be easier from 3 December

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As of 3 December, Europeans will be able to shop online without unjustified geo-blocking, wherever they are in the EU. Consumers will have wider and easier cross-border access to products, hotel bookings, car rentals, music festivals or leisure park tickets in the EU, under […]

Cum-ex tax fraud scandal: MEPs call for inquiry, justice, and stronger tax authorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs on Thursday called for an inquiry, rule changes and stronger tax authorities as a result of the EUR 55 billion cum-ex tax fraud. The tax fraud, which was uncovered by a team of investigative journalists and has affected at least 11 EU member […]

New rules for temporary border controls within the Schengen area

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Internal border checks within the Schengen area should be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, say MEPs. The Schengen Borders Code, currently under revision, allows member states to carry out temporary checks at internal borders within the […]

The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050*

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today the European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for all. The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, […]